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Obituaries

January 15, 2011

Charlene Pickett

1942 - 2011

Charlene Pickett, 68, of Muskogee, died Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at Muskogee Regional Medical Center. She was born August 5, 1942 in Kansas City, Missouri. Her parents were  John T. and Mable E. (Street) Wood.

Charlene graduated high school from New Mexico School for the Blind. She continued her education at Highlands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico and later received a Sociology degree from Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK.

Throughout her life, she served as organist or pianist for a number of churches including Congregational Church in Gallup, New Mexico and Hyde Park Baptist Church in Muskogee. Her interest included sewing,

embroidery and visiting with friends. Charlene enjoyed her amateur radio, her call sign was N5JRT.

Charlene was active in several organizations, whether it was organizing events, playing the piano or calling members to remind them of meetings.  She was a member of Eastern Oklahoma Development District Area Agency on Aging and was representative to the committee on aging. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Muskogee where she belonged to Women on Mission, was the pianist for her Sunday school class and also pianist for services at Dogwood Creek Retirement Center. She played for the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls Muskogee Assembly #10, a founding member of the Muskogee Chapter of the Oklahoma Council of the Blind, Muskogee Civitan Club, Muskogee Knife & Fork Club, Muskogee Musical Arts Society, Muskogee New Friends, Order of the Eastern Star Muskogee Hope Chapter #401, Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem and Red Hat Boomer Babes.

Charlene is survived by her daughter, Sandra Charlene Evans; son-in-law, Charles J. Evans, III; granddaughter, Joy Elizabeth Evans; her son-in-law’s mother, Barbara Evans of Panama, OK and dearest and lifelong friend, Arlene Nezzer Smith.

The family requests memorial contributions to be sent to the Bartimaeus Alliance of the Blind, a charitable organization that hosts week-long Christian conferences for people who are blind. Charlene attended several years and truly enjoyed the worship services and hands-on activities. Memorials can be sent to Bartimaeus Alliance of the Blind, Inc., P. O. Box 572, South San Francisco, CA 94083-0572. http://bartimaeus.us

The family will greet friends from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday at Foster-Petering Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Don Jones officiating. There will be a committal service at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Fairview Cemetery near Panama, OK.

Funeral service arrangements are under the direction of Foster-Petering Funeral Home. Condolences to the family may be made at www.foster-petering.com

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